Monday, June 29, 2009

CNN#1 International Channel In Any Genre For Viewing Among Top Management

CNN Press Release - CNN truly is unrivalled in its ability to connect with the most senior and influential business people throughout the region.

• Whatever the time period (across a day, a week or a month), CNN is viewed by more C-level executives, Top Management and Business Decision Makers than any other international channel of any type.
• Each month more of these business leaders watch CNN than all other international news and business channels* combined.
• On a weekly basis, 45% more C-level executives watch CNN than all other international news/business channels* combined.
• Each week 2.6 times more C-level executives watch CNN than the next placed international news/business channel.
*BBC World News + CNBC + Bloomberg TV + Channel News Asia + Al Jazeera English


CNN is better placed than any other regional media owner** to reach business leaders wherever / whenever.

• Across a month, CNN web sites*** are frequented by more than 3 times as many C-level executives than any other regional media web site.
• 2.6 times more Top Management visit CNN web sites than the next placed regional media web site.
• Almost 70% more Business Decision Makers visit CNN web sites than the next placed regional media web site.
• Each month 2.5 times more C-level executives visit CNN online than the web sites of all international newspapers**** combined.

**Excludes web portals such as MSN, Yahoo, Google
***CNN and/or CNN Money sites
****WSJ, IHT, FT, USA today

Base: Total 11 PAX markets
Universe (Sample): Top Mgmt - 822,000 (6,618); C-Level - 633,385 (1,663)
Source: Synovate - PAX Survey 2008/2009 (Q2 2008 - Q1 2009)

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CNN Names Louis Gump Vice President of Mobile

CNN Press Release - As part of its strategy to move into new frontiers of digital content creation and distribution, CNN has appointed Louis Gump vice president of mobile, it was announced today by KC Estenson, senior vice president and general manager of Gump recently was vice president of mobile for The Weather Channel Interactive, and will join on Monday, July 27.

With a range of experiences including eight years in the wireless space and an additional six in business development and strategy, Gump will lead CNN’s mobile business from the company’s Atlanta headquarters, reporting directly to Estenson.

“For more than two years, CNN has been the No. 1 mobile news provider, and there is no better time than the present to take CNN’s mobile experience to new heights,” said Estenson. “Louis has a track record of success and is widely considered a driving force in the mobile industry; and I’m confident that his vision, energy and focus will take CNN mobile to the next level.”

“CNN already is in a position of strength in the mobile space, and the opportunity to further personalize and enrich the CNN experience on handsets is a challenge I’m enthusiastic about taking on,” Gump said. “CNN is committed to delivering news and information to people everywhere, all the time, on every platform, and I’m truly excited to work alongside such talented journalists and technologists to bring the full power of CNN to the mobile audience.”

At The Weather Channel since 2001, Gump held several other roles at the company, including director of business development and director of mobile products and services. Prior to joining The Weather Channel, he served as director of business development at ExpoExchange, product manager at 3MC and business strategy consultant for Accenture.

Since 2003, Gump has served on the Board of Directors for the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), for which he was Global Chairman in 2006. He was recently elected as MMA’s treasurer for the 2009-2010 term. He is active in other industry associations including the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA), and participates in the organization’s Wireless Internet Caucus Leadership Council. Last year, he was also named one of the “Top Ten mobiThinkers” in the world, an award given by to recognize pioneers in mobile marketing.

Gump received his MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and his bachelor’s degree from Duke University. is the world's No. 1 destination for online and wireless news, garnering the greatest audience share of total minutes among current events and global news sites. Launched in 1995, draws from the resources of CNN Worldwide and its many partners to provide consumers with the most enriching, immediate interaction with news anywhere, seamlessly combining articles, videos, images, interactive features and user-generated content.’s news video offering – both live and on-demand – is unparalleled on the Web.’s recent awards include an Edward R. Murrow award, a National Headliner award, four EPpy awards and the Online News Association’s award for general excellence.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009


CNN Press Release - The Joy Behar Show Launches on “News and Views” Network This Fall

Veteran talk show host and comedian Joy Behar will join HLN (formerly Headline News) this fall as host of The Joy Behar Show, it was announced today by Ken Jautz, EVP of CNN Worldwide. The one-hour talk show will air on HLN at 9 p.m. ET, seven days a week, as part of the network’s primetime slate of opinion-based programming. Behar will continue to serve as a co-host of the Emmy Award-winning talk show The View on ABC.

The Joy Behar Show will showcase Behar’s personal take on the day’s news, offering primetime viewers a full hour of Joy’s passionate point of view, sharp wit, and no-nonsense approach. The program will examine those provocative watercooler issues that Americans are talking about every day, with topics ranging from pop culture to politics and everything in between.

“Joy’s sense of humor and her bold interview style make her one of the best talk-show hosts in the business,” said Jautz. “She is a terrific fit for HLN’s personality-driven primetime lineup.”

“I just can’t seem to keep my mouth shut, so another hour of conversations with interesting, outspoken people about the stories making news is right up my alley,” commented Behar. “I’m an opinion freak – I love to offer my own and I love to hear other people’s take on things – so this show is a great opportunity for me. I’m thrilled to join the HLN lineup.”

Joy Behar is among today’s leading talk show talents and an acclaimed star of the stage, small screen, and silver screen. Along with her co-hosts of ABC’s The View (Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sheri Shepard and Elizabeth Hasselbeck), she has received 11 consecutive Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Her previous television credits have included roles and guest appearances on networks including CNN, HLN, HBO, ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, and Bravo. Behar has hosted her own radio show, written three best-selling books, and remains a frequent comedy headliner. She has been honored with the Real Beauty Award from AWRT and Dove (2007), the Safe Horizon Champion Award (2001), the Gracie Allen Tribute Award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television (2000), and the New York City Public Advocate’s Special Advocate Award for her outstanding friendship to the Gay community (2000).

HLN, formerly Headline News, features news headlines throughout the day and a personality-based lineup every evening, featuring Nancy Grace¸ Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, and Showbiz Tonight. In May, the “News and Views” network scored the highest primetime growth of any cable news network. The Joy Behar Show will air at 9 p.m., with Nancy Grace – the network’s highest-rated program – as its lead-in.

Conway Cliff will serve as Executive Producer of The Joy Behar Show. Cliff has been a mainstay of CNN Worldwide for over 10 years in capacities ranging from program development to executive-producing. Most recently, he served as Executive Producer of Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell on HLN; under his leadership, the show has posted the highest 7 p.m. ratings in network history.

HLN, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, informs and engages viewers constantly, 24 hours each day, with complete and concise national newscasts throughout the day and a compelling slate of legal, entertainment and talk programs during HLN Prime at night. The network delivers fast-paced, lively and compelling programming using the best resources of CNN Worldwide.

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CNN and Turner Broadcasting Host Georgia High School Students for Week-long Leadership Program

CNN Press Release - CNN Worldwide, in partnership with Turner BroadcastingSystem, Inc. (TBS, Inc) and 21st Century Leaders, is hosting the fourth annual Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience, a week-long program developed exclusively by CNN employees to teach rising high school juniors and seniors in Georgia about media literacy, journalism and personal leadership. Leadership Unplugged takes place June 22-26, 2009, on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology.

“My CNN colleagues and I are thrilled to offer these exceptional young people a forum to further develop their personal leadership styles, as well as learn more about some of the most critical challenges facing media professionals every day,” said Susan Grant, executive vice president of CNN News Services. “The opportunity to mentor Leadership Unplugged ambassadors is an honor for CNN executives and anchors alike, and we hope each of the students gains as much from the experience as we do each year.”

During the Leadership Unplugged program, 100 high school students - selected from a competitive pool of applicants from across the state of Georgia - will learn how news stories are presented on different platforms, as well as the impact social networking is having on the media landscape. The students will participate in workshops and discussion groups on a range of topics including diversity, ethics in media and audience engagement; and will attend panels and mentoring sessions featuring CNN executives, reporters and anchors including CNN’s Kyra Phillips and Tony Harris; HLN’s Richard Lui; CNN International’s Colleen McEdwards; and’s Reggie Aqui and Melissa Long.

The curriculum for Leadership Unplugged is developed by CNN Student News, CNN’s cost-and-commercial-free news program for middle and high school students, and the classes and workshops are led by volunteer employees at CNN and TBS, Inc. After attending the classes and workshops throughout the week, the students work in teams to develop a story idea based upon the lessons they have learned. The week concludes with the student teams presenting their proposals before a panel of judges comprised of CNN and TBS, Inc. executives.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

21st Century Leaders, Inc., is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire the next generation of Georgia leaders by empowering high school students with essential business and community leadership skills through programs connecting a diverse group of enthusiastic peers and passionate professionals.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009


CNN International has won an Amnesty International Media award in the ‘International Television and Radio’ category for its documentary World’s Untold Stories: The Forgotten People. The winning half-hour documentary, presented by CNN's Bangkok-based correspondent Dan Rivers, highlighted the on-going persecution of the ethnic Rohingya people in their bid to escape terrible persecution and privation in Myanmar, formerly Burma, and in neighboring countries.

Jurors at the award ceremony last night singled out CNN’s entry for particular praise for putting the issue high on the agenda at an ensuing Southeast Asian summit meeting and were impressed by a brilliant investigation that broke new ground and secured a personal commitment to intervene from the Thai prime minister.

CNN International executive vice president and managing director Tony Maddox says, "This award is a tremendous reflection on the quality and depth of CNN’s reporting, the tenacity, bravery and resourcefulness of our correspondent Dan Rivers and an endorsement of the network's strategy to own and create more content.”

“It is a testament to CNN’s London based managing editor Deborah Rayner and the World’s Untold Stories team in Atlanta that only the third edition of the documentary series, produced by CNN International, has won such a prestigious award so soon," he adds.

World’s Untold Stories was brought in-house in January 2009, following the recruitment of Deborah Rayner from the UK’s Channel 4.

The allegations of mistreatment of the Rohingya in the neighboring country of Thailand - at the hands of the military - prompted a government inquiry. The Thai prime minister told CNN in an exclusive interview with Dan Rivers that he promised to bring those responsible to account.

The haunting pictures of Thai soldiers towing boatloads of Rohingya and cutting them adrift on the high seas – first broadcast on CNN’s World’s Untold Stories – are one of the iconic images of 2009 and are credited with bringing the practice to worldwide attention.

“This story underscores all the reasons why I became a journalist”, says Rivers. “It’s about getting the facts and using those facts to engage an audience and make a difference.”

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Campbell Brown Is Back!

Campbell Brown returned to her show Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull although the name was quietly changed to Campbell Brown and the No Bias, No Bull was dropped. It is reflected on her website as well.

The show has a new format, new segments, and Anderson Cooper even made an appearance. "Newsmaker" and "The Great Debate" are the new segments that were in tonight's show.

Watch Campbell at 8PM ET on CNN.

Here is how the website previously looked:

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